Named Lectures at IUPS Congresses

Named Lectures at IUPS Congresses


The following guidelines were set by the IUPS Council in 1995 for the establishment of new lectureships:

  1. “The Council is to approve establishment of named lectures, whether a single occurrence or for the long term.
  2. Funds for endowment are to be managed by the IUPS with the executive committee determining the required amount.
  3. IUPS will reserve the right to select the lecturer but nominations are to be sought from the endowing group.
  4. After up to four congresses the lectureship is to be reconsidered and refinanced.
  5. Such named lectures are to be made in memory of a deceased eminent physiologist.

It was agreed that those organization could continue to name these lectures until 2005 after which they came under the above guidelines. The IUPS can no longer guarantee that such lectures will be plenary lectures unless the speaker is chosen from the plenary lectures selected by the International Scientific Program Committee.”

Since that time additional lectures have been added to the list, so that there are currently seven “named” lectures sponsored by the IUPS at the international congresses.

1. Wallace Fenn Lecture: this is the main lecture of the congress and is named by IUPS Council. It is endowed by the Wallace Fenn Fund which had $38,460 in the account as of the end of 2006. There is no formal letter of agreement from when the fund began in the 1970s, however, the tradition is that travel, accommodation & honorarium are covered.

2. President’s Lecture is named and funded by the IUPS Treasury but the amount is not clear. In 2001 it was given by someone suggested by the president whereas in 2005 it was delivered by the IUPS President himself. It is not clear how much was subsidized in 2001, but in 2005 all expenses were already covered by the IUPS.

3. Ernst Knobil Lecture: The Knobil Fund for this lecturer was begun in time for the 2001 congress with the selection to be made by Commission III (Endocrinology). As of Dec ‘06 there was a balance of: $20,742. It is assumed that travel and accommodations are paid – but not clear about an honorarium. The account shows a $2500 debit in 2001 although $5000 was on the 2000 budget. In 2005 a $5878 debit was made to the account.

4. T. P. Feng Lecture is funded by the T.P. Feng Fund which was established by a donation from his daughter, Jane Feng, and is to be managed under the terms of a Letter of Agreement signed in 2006 between the IUPS, Jane Feng and the President of the Chinese Association for Physiological Sciences.  The primary use of this money is to support a T.P. Feng distinguished lectureship in China in the field of “nerve, muscle and synapse”. However, the agreement also covers a lecture at the congress with at a minimum the expense of economy class airfare and accommodations to be covered. The first to be named will be in Kyoto. As of Dec 06 bal : $47,270

5. Schmidt-Neilsen Lecture is funded by a donation from the former International Conferences on Comparative Physiology and the Journal of Experimental Biology to a dedicated Schmidt-Neilsen Fund. The lecturer is to be selected by Commission VII (Comparative Physiology). The opening balance in 2007 was $12,800 and is to cover at least 4 congresses The first lecture will be in Kyoto – and supplemental funding may be available from the JEB

6. Robert Pitts Lecture. This lecture has always been both named and funded by the Renal Section of Commission V, and Irene Schulz informs me that it will continue to do so. However, type of costs covered and the amount is not known.  

7. August Krogh Lecture has been funded since 2001 by a Letter of Agreement with the Scandinavian Physiological Society and is "to cover travel, lodging, registration, honorarium" with the SPC to determine the level of support in consultation with the IUPS Executive Committee. The SPS is to propose one or preferably several candidates for consideration by ISPC to “approve the lecturer in accordance with the general program strategies”